NBA Press Release
  10 June 2002
Save The Narmada, Save Humanity!

Indefinite Fast Enters 21st Day; Solidarity Programs in Support of Maan Struggle Held in Several Places

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As the indefinite fast by Ms Chittaroopa Palit, Mr Vinod Patwa, Mr. Mangat Varma and Ms Ram Kuwar has entered the 21st day , and the dharna by the Maan affected people, the 26th day, hundreds of people across the country have extended full support and solidarity to the struggle.

People and organisations from Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Kerala and many other states appealed the government of Madhya Pradesh to heed to the demands of the people of Maan dam affected area and not to risk the lives of the people on fast.

In Sioni-Malva, over 1000 people from the organisation of the Tawa dam affected held a rally and dharna and submitted a memorandum to the Sub Divisional Magistrate reiterating their support. These are the representatives of the ones who were left high and dry by the state with no rehabilitation even after years of completion of dam. After years of intense struggle now they have won the rights for fishing in the dam reservoir.

Veteran freedom fighter Mahesh Dutt Mishra and senior trade unionist Sashtidhar included, many prominent citizens from Jabalpur has written to the Chief Minister to hold discussions with the struggling people and not to resort to inhuman measures like destroying drinking water sources and clear-felling trees. A larger program of support will be held in Jabalpur on the 14th June.

In Mumbai, a delegation headed by Jst.(Retd) Suresh met the officials of NABARD, who are funding the project, and appraised them about the ground realities. The delegation demanded that since the mess in Maan dam area would not have been created without the funding of NABARD, it is responsible to ensure proper rehabilitation to all those are affected. They reminded the officials that the people have identified the land for rehabilitation and the state government should buy it and allot it to the affected population.

At Badwani, hundreds Sardar Sarovar dam oustees' and Jagrit Dalit Adivasi Sangathan representatives met the district Collector and handed over memorandum in support of the struggle and fast in Bhopal. Senior activists of the movements, Medha Patkar and Madhuri addressed the gathering. In Reva hundreds have participated in a dharna was held in front of the Commissioner office. A huge rally was held at Khirkiya in Harda district demanding immediate resolution of the struggle by the government. In the coming days, large programs of support will be held in Mandla, Betul, Raipur, Dindori, Nagori and other places.

Tribal organisations from Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgrah, Maharashtra and Orissa, in a special meeting in Raipur passed a resolution in support of the struggle. They demanded that the tribals' lives shouldn't be sacrificed in the pursuit of wrong development projects. Several senior trade unionists and representatives of people's organisations have visited the fasting activists and extended support and solidarity.

Alok Agarwal